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Research Laboratories

GMP provided funds for the construction and equipping of 2 research laboratories in Tanzania, one at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCMC), Moshi and the other at Bombo hospital on the coast at Tanga.  These sites were chosen as 3 GMP northern partners already had strong research links with KCMC and with National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Amani.

It was envisaged that with core support from GMP and from a linked UK Medical Research Council (MRC) grant over a period of several years, the new laboratories would become self-sufficient, attracting outside research groups to their high quality facilities and utilising this approach to support their running costs.


KCMC Biotechnology Laboratory with Kilimanjaro in the background With strong and sustained support from Tumaini University, the KCMC Biotechnology Laboratory has continued to thrive and to become a core component of the recently established Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI).  Its remit has extended beyond malaria to include HIV and trachoma and it has drawn in research groups from the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, Duke University, USA and the University of Virginia, USA. Grants obtained from NIH, PEPFAR and the EU have helped to sustain its running and maintenance costs.

Tanga Centre

AMBRELA Laboratory in Tanga, TanzaniaThe construction of a research laboratory on the grounds of Bombo Hospital facilitated the establishment of the NIMR Tanga Centre with a shift in the focus of research activities in that area from Amani to Tanga. The GMP funded laboratories are  known as the Amani Biomedical Research Laboratory (AMBRELA). The laboratory is now fully embedded in the NIMR structure and has been conducting malaria and HIV/AIDS research funded by amongst others: AMANET, DANIDA, EDCTP, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and VW Germany.  It  consolidates clinical, biomedical, and epidemiological research in the Korogwe and Tanga regions of North East Tanzania.

Tanga Centre Website